Batting Champ Luis Arraez Beats Marlins Salary Arbitration
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Luis Arraez, the 2022 American League batting champion, won his salary arbitration case Thursday and will get a $6.1 million salary from the Miami Marlins, who acquired the infielder from the Minnesota Twins last month.
Miami argued for a $5 million salary during a hearing Wednesday before John Stout, Mark Burstein, and Scott Buchheit. Arraez received a raise from $2.2 million.
Arraez hit .316 with eight homers, 49 RBIs, and a .795 OPS last year for Minnesota, starting 61 games at first base, 34 at designated hitter, and 31 at second. The 25-year-old was traded on Jan. 20 for starting pitcher Pablo Lopez and a pair of prospects: infielder Jose Salas and outfielder Byron Chourio.
Arraez is eligible for free agency after the 2026 season.
Seattle defeated Diego Castillo in the first salary arbitration decision this year on Wednesday, and the relief pitcher will get a raise to $2.95 million rather than his request of $3,225,000.
A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday.